Oracle of the Day: Cleaning House

Culling is a natural part of life.  Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Culling is a natural part of life.
Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

The cleaning house oracle is one of my favorites as it adheres to the minimalist lifestyle.  Less is more, in this instance.   Rather than legs and feet, there are broomsticks.  Such a fitting illustration for “Cleaning House”, or in this case culling words.

The drawers are filled with bits and bobs.  Walls have tattered wallpaper.  And there is a door with bright sunlight bursting through.  Butterflies come through.  The powerful imagery suggests that if you open the door and sweep out all the muck, then transformation will occur.  Let’s not forget the almost bare branches — symbolism of shedding — and the cat sitting on the windowsill.  The cat represents your deep intuitive self.

Writing Focus:

One of the hardest aspects of writing — fiction or nonfiction — is what kind of words, characters, scenes, and plotlines to weave into a story without mucking it up with frivolous bullcrap.  Sometimes you get in the zone and this beautiful prose flows onto the page.  You re-read it, and immediately think that you have written the best thing ever.  And this is just the rough draft.

The real dirty work comes in when … yes, I will say it… when you must fine tune your piece so all the words create a coherent picture for the reader.  Editing!  Did you know that editing is the equivalent of clearing the clutter, which is one of the basic principles of Feng Shui?  Jayme Barrett, author of Feng Shui Your Life, indicates that when you rid yourself and your surroundings of clutter, you make room for future abundance to take residence.

Cleaning House oracle encourages you to take out small chunks of your piece or even large pieces and all will be well.  Just because a piece is scrapped does not mean it cannot be used in another story.  Those unnecessary words or passages might weigh down your story and detract from what really needs to be said.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

Before you go into culling mode and cut your word babies into oblivion, draw yourself up a nice warm bath and listen to a guided meditation of your choice.  Preferably one that allows you to get in touch with your intuition and spirit guide.

After you’re done centering yourself, it’s time to cull unnecessary words, scenes, characters, and/or plot lines.  Ask yourself these questions as you edit:

1. Does this character need to be here?  If no- cull.

2. Is there another way to write a scene or even condensing it?  If yes, whittle the scene down.

3. Are there too many subplots going on and there is no real ending in sight for many of them?  Choose the most important ones and place the others for another story.

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful deck The Enchanted Map by Colette Baron-Reid.  You can visit her shop here. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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